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NatureHood is a program of Nature Canada. Its goal is connecting people of all ages to nature right where they live — which, in Canada, increasingly means urban centres. We call this nearby nature!

NatureHood inspires urban residents to connect with nature through celebratory events, educational and stewardship activities and events, and wildlife observation, all set in urban green spaces and Important Bird and Biodiversity Areas (IBA). Through strong partnerships with grassroots naturalist clubs and allies across Canada, NatureHood promotes nature awareness at the local level and exposes a new generation of nature lovers, naturalists and citizen scientists to nature all around them.

In July 2012, Nature Canada started its pilot NatureHood program in Canada’s National Capital Region – including the cities of Ottawa, ON and Gatineau, QC – with a focus on the Lac Deschênes-Ottawa River IBA. The pilot program encompassed both the Ontario and Quebec sides of the Ottawa River and proved to be a resounding success. Based on this success, NatureHood has expanded to several major Canadian urban centres, further broadening the appeal of nature with all Canadians, with a special focus on youth and new Canadians.

What is a NatureHood?

Your NatureHood is nearby nature – it’s nature all around you!learn more

NatureHood virtual tours

Discover the birds and wildlife in your NatureHood through our virtual tourslearn more

NatureHood Blog

Celebrate wildlife and connect to nature in your NatureHood! learn more

Get the NatureHood app!

Become a citizen scientist by mapping sightings of wildlife in a public space learn more

7 Ways to Help Species at Risk

Discover 7 easy ways that you can be a good neighbour in your NatureHood learn more

Bird Tweet of the Week

Learn about new bird species each week through our special feature on CBC Radio’s In Town and Out learn more

Bird e-Book Series

Learn fun facts on Canadian birds in our new series of e-Books, based off our featured Bird Tweet of the Week learn more

Visit Ottawa’s NatureHood

See where NatureHood all began with our 2012-14 national pilot project in Ottawa-Gatineau learn more

Species At Risk in the NatureHood

Learn about species at risk in the National Capital Region’s NatureHood!learn more


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